An original pair of first pattern Auxiliary Territorial Service slacks dated 1941 and in good condition.
This pattern of trousers was introduced alongside the match battledress jacket at the beginning of the Second World War. They are made from the finer, lighter weight serge used for women's uniforms during the war and feature a four button closure to the left hip. The later wartime pattern only featured three. The opening fastens with chocolate brown plastic buttons and a slash pocket is located to the other hip. The rear of the waist is elasticated
Inside the trousers the waistband is lined with a khaki coloured cotton drill. The War Department acceptance stamp has been added to this and is surmounted by the letter 'O', denoting 1942 as the year of issue.
The original label is still present to the rear of the seat, the same position as is used for men's battledress. It bears the title of 'Slacks, A.T.S' and the size of 6 which is designed to fit a 33 - 34" waist. The maker's name is stated as 'D. & H. Cohen' below which is the 1941 date and the War Department broad arrow marking. The issue date of 6 Feb 1942 has been stamped in the standard purple ink to the label.
When laid flat the trousers measure -
Waist - 14 - 17 1/2" (elasticated)
Hips - 23 1/2"
Inside leg - 27 1/2" (1 1/2" to let down)
Outside leg - 41"
The trousers are in good condition and don't appear to have seen much, if any, wear. There is a section of moth damage to the leg however as shown in the pictures. There is also a very small nip to the left of the label on the seat and another very small hole to the leg, both of which are again pictures. Overall they display very well and are very fresh. It may be possible to rectify the flaws with the right skills.
Whilst not in perfect condition, the overall condition of the trousers is very clean indeed. Not only this but they retain their original issue label and are the early and hard to find first pattern.
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